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6 Family Activities for a Coastal Camping Holiday

A child in the sea at the beach

Whether wanting a break from technology or simply a space for stretching legs, many families are now opting for camping and glamping holidays, which can offer the opportunity to get back to nature.

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If you’re lucky enough to be visiting a camping or glamping site near the sea, then you’ve got one of the best holiday experiences ahead of you! Not only do coastal getaways reward you with some of the best scenic views out there, but the coast can also act as nature’s playground, with plenty of exciting activities to enjoy as a family.

To help inspire you for your next camping trip to the coast, here are six activities you can enjoy!

A dog holding a frisbee on a beach

Classic Games

What better place to start than with the classics! There’s a reason the likes of frisbee, rounders and volleyball have stood the test of time and remain family favourites, so find an open stretch of sand and get competitive.

After working up a sweat running around on the beach, you can always have a dip in the sea to cool down too.

Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt is an activity that both kids and adults alike can take joy from. Whether you hide little gifts around your glamping site or head to the beach with a list of items to find, such as shells, pebbles and seaweed, there are plenty of options for a scavenger hunt.

For older kids, make the hunt a little harder, with requests for specific types of shells or plants to be found, and it may help them to learn something new!


Hunt for a rockpool or a harbourside spot known for crabbing and bring along a net, bucket and bait. Kids will be fascinated by seeing these sea creatures up close. You can even turn it into a competition to see who can catch the most!

Just remember to return them to the water afterwards so that future families can enjoy the experience of crabbing too.

Two people carrying surfboards to the sea

Try Out Water Sports

The sea offers one of the most diverse spaces for activities. Whether you enjoy surfing or SUPing on a board, kayaking or paddling about in a boat, or something faster-paced, like water skiing, there’s certainly something for everyone to try.

You can usually rent out equipment you need at a local surf shop or beach hut, but it’s always nice to bring your own wetsuits along on a trip if you’re planning on spending your days out on the water. 

If you’re new to the world of water sports, popular surf spots often have surf instructors available to give your family a session on the basics and to teach you some tricks, which can make for a great activity together.

A mother and child walking on a beach

Coastal Walks

One of the best things about the sea is that often it is accompanied by stunning coastal walks, allowing you to get panoramic views of the ocean and surrounding countryside.

Take a stroll along the beach or follow a dedicated coastal path walk and see what you can spot along the way. Kids will love looking out for the flora and fauna that make their home in this area.

Plus, a good evening walk can be a great idea to tire out little ones who may be finding it harder to adjust to their new sleeping arrangements while on holiday.

Beach Barbeque

Dine with a view with your very own beachside BBQ! Watch the waves roll in as your sausages sizzle and enjoy your treats together as a family. A shared meal is a perfect way to end a fun day of activities together as a family and can offer you the chance to reflect and discuss your favourite part of the day.

Just be sure to check if barbeques are allowed on the beach or campsite you are visiting first, as some locations do not permit them and it’s best to find out before you rock up with a bag of burgers!

What activities do you enjoy with your family on a coastal getaway?

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